The Android's Dream Audiobook | John Scalzi | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Android's Dream | [John Scalzi]

The Android's Dream

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.
Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony.

To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science-fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth.

To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker - and to protect the future of humanity.

©2006 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1781 )
5 star
 (840)
4 star
 (689)
3 star
 (189)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (28)
Overall
4.2 (1524 )
5 star
 (675)
4 star
 (615)
3 star
 (182)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (25)
Story
4.5 (1522 )
5 star
 (977)
4 star
 (424)
3 star
 (99)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (11)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 07-26-11
    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    95
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first chapter is hands-down the funniest piece of sci-fi I have ever read. I agree with some critics that claim John Scalzi borrows some of his content from other great writers. Nonetheless, he does give proper homage to history (as in naming the sheep breed Android's Dream). Moreover and more importantly, his writing contains plenty of original thinking.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kevin Kilgore, Texas, United States 05-20-11
    Kevin Kilgore, Texas, United States 05-20-11 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great listen"

    I love this book, it was a great listen. Wil Wheaton did a great job as the narrator. I found myself laughing out load. I haven't enjoyed Sci-Fi like this since Heinlein. I will look for other books by this author.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Norton Southern USA 03-30-11
    John Norton Southern USA 03-30-11 Member Since 2008

    I'm hearing teacher voices

    HELPFUL VOTES
    56
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Vonnegut meets Harry Harrison"

    Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading The Android's Dream - a dark, cynical, absolutely hilarious novel of interstellar politics and AI love on the servers over at the Church of the Evolved Lamb. More like this, please.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katya A new york 03-17-13
    Katya A new york 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very enjoyable"

    i bought this audiobook because i absolutely enjoyed "Agent to the Stars" by same author and narrator and i did not regret that decision for a moment.

    It's like if Vonnegut, Gaiman and Pratchett had a child and dropped him on his head a few times, not forceful enough to cause any major damage, but just enough to make even fart jokes compelling and fitting, and i'm really not a huge fan of lowbrow humor.

    The novel is delightfully entertaining, plot is well woven, fast paced and action-packed and full of sharp laugh-out-loud humor.

    Just like in "Agent to the Stars", Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading "The Android's Dream". He makes the characters come alive as you would expect them to be.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 11-12-11
    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    126
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    235
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Covertly flatulent Scifi at it's best!"

    Fun book, listening was a gas!

    A word of warning to those who might be sheepish about genetic engineering; ewe may want to Baaack away from this one.

    Narrator did a nice job, not a crusher performance, but very enterprising.

    Ok I'm done.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  •  
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-27-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1275
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    146
    95
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    612
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Origional page turner"

    I liked it! This is another one I've re-listened to. Very entertaining and worth the time.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JJGlass Canyon Lake in the Hill Country near Austin) TX, United States 01-03-12
    JJGlass Canyon Lake in the Hill Country near Austin) TX, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2009

    jjglass

    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pure Entertainment"

    Since listening to Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy Nation I have become addicted to Scalzi's humorous and fast paced style. The scenarios are pretty outlandish but he makes them all work. It is science fiction, in the end, and the there are no rules. Wil Wheaton reader and John Scalzi writer are a perfect duo. The Android's Dream and the others I've listened to are pure entertainment. I fully intend to listen to every book John Scalzi writes.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nolte Pendleton, South Carolina, United States 10-06-12
    Nolte Pendleton, South Carolina, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Knockout from the duo of Scalzi + Wheaton"

    Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi were made for each other. No, not that way, you twisted people, but artistically.

    I am a fan of Mr. Scalzi's works, with the occasional misgiving over the frequency of profanity; I would not hand a Scalzi work to a child, but a teenager I would have less issues. He has excellent pacing, his stories gleefully dance down a plotline with the sporadic hard twists and turns, and humor abounds even while a serious story is laid down.

    I have now heard three of Scalzi's works narrated by Mr. Wheaton, and his voice fits the tone of the books like that oft mentioned glove. So perfect is the match between authorial voice and narrated voice, I find myself hearing Wheaton's delivery even while reading Scalzi's Whatever blog. Scary, eh?

    I've listened to this one twice now. I think I'll have a third helping.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel United States 02-28-11
    Daniel United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    102
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    4
    Overall
    "Fun as HE double hockey sticks."

    Well, this might not be considered a ground breaking work of literature, but it was a heck of a lot of fun to listen to.
    Wil Wheaton did a surprisingly good job in narrating this book and I found myself laughing out loud at several places, which was awkward being that I was in a public place listening on my mp3 player with earbuds. I can understand why people would look at me as if I was ready for a padded room, when a healthy dose of latte foam erupted from my nose in the middle of starbucks for no apparent reason. Damn you, John and Wil!!!!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrea Linz, Austria 03-16-11
    Andrea Linz, Austria 03-16-11 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    100
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    179
    115
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    "farts and sheep meet sci-fi"

    In great parts unique, original and funny yet some plot lines were too over-the-top for my taste.
    The biggest "letdown" for me was that the prose doesn't flow as smoothly as in "Agent To The Stars," my favourite from this author. Still, a highly recommendable work for sci-fi fans looking for something entertaining.
    Narration is excellent!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 121 results PREVIOUS1213NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.